LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii softball split its first day of doubleheaders with Dominican, losing the first game 4-3 (10) and winning the night cap 8-2 on Friday.
Senior infielder Kalynn Latu led the Seasiders (7-15, 3-9 PacWest) at the plate, hitting .500 (3-for-6) with one run and two RBI. Lizabelle Talataina went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the second game, while Sarah Captain added a 3-for-3 performance with two runs.
Chelsie Childs (3-2) earned the win for BYU-Hawaii after allowing two runs pitching the entire way in the second game. Angelina Lombardi (1-1) started and returned in relief for the Penguins (8-15, 6-6 PacWest) to earn the victory in the first game, holding the Seasiders scoreless over four innings.
Tori Johnson singled to lead off the top of the first for Dominican and advanced to third on two passed balls. Johnson eventually scored on a wild pitch with two outs to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.
Dominican added to its lead in the fifth when Alyssa Lanza singled through the left side before stealing second and advancing to third on a throw. A squeeze bunt by Tayler Munoz brought Lanza home to make it a 2-0 game.
Brittany Vasquez ignited the Seasider offense with a lead-off single to center field in the bottom of the sixth and Captain advanced her on a sacrifice bunt. Talataina walked and Alexis Barrett singled through the right side to load the bases for Latu. Latu put BYU-Hawaii on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Brandy Karl tied the game for the Seasiders in the bottom of the seventh after she singled up the middle then made it home off of a single from Smith, a sacrifice bunt by T. Anu Memea, and a sacrifice fly from Vasquez.
The teams began the eighth inning tied 2-2 and Dominican wasted no time in scoring. Emily Ginn singled to third and pinch runner Marissa Cordisco beat out the throw to second on a sacrifice bunt. Another sacrifice bunt sent Cordisco to third and Karitza Reyes scored her on a sacrifice fly to center.
BYU-Hawaii answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning. Alexa Barrett drew the lead-off walk and pinch runner Corallee Alexander advanced to second on a single from Latu. Alexander made it to third when Rebecca Mawson fouled out to second base in deep right field and came home on a throwing error by the pitcher.
Neither team scored in the ninth inning, but the Seasiders came close as they left three runners on base.
The Penguins scored in the tenth and final inning when Tayler Munoz started on second for the international tiebreaker. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and ran home on a fielding error.
BYU-Hawaii was unable to even things in the bottom of the frame.
The Seasiders continued to find the holes in the second game when Captain singled to lead off the second. Talataina advanced Captain to second on a sacrifice bunt and Barrett advanced her to third on a groundout. Latu then singled to center send Captain home. Mawson then reached on an error on the next at bat and another fielding errors scored Latu.
Captain and Talataina hit back-to-back singles to lead off the third. Barrett stepped up to the plate and sent a single, but a fielding error sent her to second and brought home Captain and Talataina to put the Seasiders up 4-0.
The Penguins scored in the top of the fourth when Dahlen Dennis scored on Cordisco's sacrifice fly.
BYU-Hawaii responded with three more runs in the bottom of the frame. Mawson reached on an error and Roxane Dennis advanced her to second with a sacrifice. Smith singled to shortstop before T. Anu Memea reached first on a fielder's choice and Vasquez singled up the middle to score Mawson. Captain singled through the left side to load the bases once more and Talataina singled to bring home Memea for the 7-1 lead.
Latu walked in the bottom of the fifth and advanced to third with one out. Dennis struck out swinging, but reached safely after the catcher lost the ball. After Latu was caught stealing, Smith doubled down the left-field line to bring in Dennis for the Seasiders final run.
The Penguins added one more run in the seventh, but Talataina ended the game snagging a line drive and throwing to second for the double play.
The Seasiders and Penguins will face off in another doubleheader tomorrow beginning at noon HST at the BYU-Hawaii softball field. Live stats will be available online.